There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for settling into expat life in a new country, but here are a few helpful articles and personal stories that may help make your move a little easier.

Emily De Celles is originally from the USA. She travels across Asia with her young family. After living in South Korea for over 5 years, they decided it was time for a new challenge. They now find themselves building a new life in the much warmer Malaysia. Emily currently stays at home raising… Read more
Marvin Mooi is an engineer in the oil and gas industry. As a result of his work for Shell International, he and his wife have spent many years travelling around the world, experiencing its myriad cultures. Now they have returned home to Malaysia, a place every bit as vibrant and multicultural as… Read more
Nicola is a British expat who moved out to the small Malaysian city of Johor in 2014, when her husband took up a job at one of the town's university campuses. Her family has also lived in Singapore and Saudi Arabia, but she says the biggest plus of living in Malaysia is the opportunity to immerse… Read more
Michael Kinkoph is an America expat who has been living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, since October 2014. He's there on a short-term contract and transferred to Malaysia with his American employer. Michael tells us about the city's food scene and grabbing any opportunity to travel with both hands.… Read more
Anna is an Australian expat living in Malaysia. Having lived in a number of countries around the world, due to the nature of her husband’s work (he’s a British diplomat), Anna relocated to Kuala Lumpur with her husband and young son in 2012. They have since welcomed a little girl to their family,… Read more
Michele Chan-Thomson is an American expat living in Malaysia. She moved from Austen, Texas, to the island of Penang with her husband and three children when he was transferred with his company. Michele has embraced her expat experience with a positive attitude and has enjoyed exploring her new city… Read more
In this article, Expat Arrivals expert Ann Kaufman shares her experiences of having a baby in Malaysia. This fascinating piece, which is sure to assuage any fears that expecting expats might be feeling, has Ann tell us about how she was able to cope with the challenges of… Read more
Bill and Randee Duncan, a Canadian couple living in Malaysia, turned a tiny stint abroad into over two decades of living and learning. Randee wrangles in fellow expats as the Membership Director for the Canadian Association of Malaysia (CAM) while Bill puts in his time at a major… Read more
Johanna Leahy is originally from Ireland but has lived a nomadic existence abroad since 1993. Currently based in KL, she is married to a Dane and has three children. She writes freelance features and has contributed articles to The Irish Times, The Weekly Telegraph and numerous consumer magazines.… Read more
Ann Kaufman and her husband left the United States to follow a job opportunity in Kuala Lumpur. Here, she talks about her impressions of the city, as well as giving some insights into the quality of healthcare in Malaysia, and her experiences of the expat community there.  She has also… Read more
Katrina, a Scottish expat living in Malaysia, pays the bills by advising foreigners on the finer points of life in Malaysia. Read more about Malaysia in the Expat Arrivals Malaysia country guide or read more expat experiences in Malaysia. About Katrina Q: Where are you… Read more
Lakshmipriya Somasundaram used to be a busy HR professional who loved to learn and coach people, guide and lead projects across borders, and felt energised by the myriad challenges that came with being a regional level business partner ... Today, she dons multiple avatars - a mom… Read more

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